Funding high-need, high-cost students

Financing the Education of High-Need Students from Fordham recommends ways for districts and states to fund high-need, high-cost special education students.

For example, multi-district co-operatives allow for economies-of-scale and better service-delivery.

Weighted student funding provides more money to districts with more high-need students. “Basing those weights on services needed by children rather than disability diagnoses significantly improves the accuracy of this system,” notes the report.

Exceptional-needs funds serve as insurance for districts with one or two very high-cost students.

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  1. Shouldn’t these be more properly called “high-cost, poor results” students?

    • Crimson Wife says:

      I sincerely hope you are making a dig at “testing mania” rather than special needs kids.

      • Noting that potty-training is a major accomplishment for some of these “students” isn’t “making a dig” at them, it’s recognizing a fact.

        I once dated a SPED teacher who had “students” who had close to zero mental capability (my impression of her description) and were expected to die very soon.  The only appropriate placement for such, IMO, is hospice.  Burdening schools with them is an outrage.

  2. I don’t see it as a dig, but as a needed discussion. I am in a district popular with district hoppers — special needs is overwhelming us. Annually, one bus route for one child is more than the cost of a teacher. The nonsped children are crammed into overcrowded rooms as a result of not enough money to go around, since their needs don’t have legal protection. One year we had 50 students per P.E. teacher. Yet we still have bus routes that aren’t shared services…students from adjacent districts going two hours away for their special placement, one student per bus with one driver and one aide. That adds up quickly, as does the housing etc for the parents visiting students who have residential placements.

  3. More propertly, this should be labeled ‘medical needs’ , not school needs. It has been pointed out at public budget forums here that an air ambulance would cost less than several of our special needs bus routes.